Archive for the ‘Public Education+Organizing’ Category

Tom Explains The CivicLab & The TIF Illumination Project

February 17 | Posted by Tom Tresser | About us, Privatization, Public Education+Organizing, TIF 101, TIF Abuse, TIF News

Check out this great video shot by the folks at the Progressive Democrats of America. It’s 28 minutes long and lays out what the CivicLab is all about and how The TIF Illumination Project works AND reveals the details of the 12 TIFs of the 27th Ward. Whew!

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Help Us Spread The Word

February 15 | Posted by Tom Tresser | About us, Public Action, Public Education+Organizing, TIF 101, TIF News

Can you help us spread the word in your community about our TIF Illumination work? Please download this TIP flyer and make copies and distribute to your PTA, Local School Council, parent support group, block club, church or other civic group you work with. Let us know if you did. info@civiclab.us. Thanks!  

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The TIF Illumination Project Is One Year Old!

February 14 | Posted by Tom Tresser | About us, Public Education+Organizing, TIF 101, TIF News, TIF Town Meeting

We launched the TIF Illumination Project at the Chopin Theater one year ago! What a wild ride it’s been. Here is an account of the work we’ve done. Comments are welcome.

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Fighting TIFs

February 2 | Posted by Tom Tresser | Public Action, Public Education+Organizing, TIF 101, TIF Abuse, TIF News, TIF Reform

Fed up with the Chicago TIF scam? You can fight back. Here’s what the folks in the 46th Ward are doing to roll back the promised gift of millions of public dollars for a luxury high-rise across the street from Lincoln Park. Here is a summary of TIF activity in the 46th Ward up to 2010. Here is the presentation... Read more

The Commons. Are You In?

January 29 | Posted by Tom Tresser | Privatization, Public Education+Organizing, TIF News

Check out this brief video from our colleagues at On The Commons.

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Who Plans What For Who? Let’s Examine Chicago Planning Efforts

January 26 | Posted by Tom Tresser | Privatization, Public Education+Organizing, Research, TIF News

Chicago Teachers For Social Justice and the CivicLab are collaborating for a six-week session where people come together to examine an issue in order to act. It’s called “Inquiry To Action” and the inquiry we are hosting at the Lab starts on February 25, 2014. We will meet from 6:30pm to 8:30pm on six Tuesdays through April 1. GRASSROOTS VISIONS FOR... Read more

TIF Extreme Logic – Public $ For PRIVATE Park

January 8 | Posted by Tom Tresser | Privatization, Public Action, Public Education+Organizing, Tax Scams, TIF 101, TIF Abuse, TIF News, TIF Town Meeting

Join the fight in the 46th Ward to stop JDL Development from getting $14 million in public dollars for a luxury high rise across the street from Lincoln Park. This development includes a PRIVATE park for the project’s residents. Now this is REALLY turning public policy on its head!

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46th Ward Forum Protests TIF Use

January 8 | Posted by Tom Tresser | Public Action, Public Education+Organizing, TIF Abuse, TIF News, TIF Town Meeting

Angela Spinazze kicked off this town meeting January 3 to interrogate the proposed gift of $14 million to JDL Development for a luxury high rise across the street from Lincoln Park. Visit the organizer’s Facebook page. The event was organized by Cortez Duquette. Great job, everyone!

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Are YOU In A TIF District? Get Illuminated!

November 25 | Posted by Tom Tresser | Public Education+Organizing, Research, TIF 101, TIF Illumionation Services, TIF News

Now you can get your own personal TIF Ilumination! For the absurdly low price of $25 we will tell you: (1) If you are in a TIF District. (2) If you are, then we will tell you the name of the TIF, when it was created, how much money it extracted in 2012, how much money was left in the TIF at... Read more